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Seed Starting for the Junior Scientist

April 5, 2013

Root ViewSpring is creeping in and so is our anticipation for the growing season – especially seed starting!

Last year, we posted an article about some fun, easy and inexpensive approaches to seed starting, including seeding in eggshells, egg cartons, and toilet paper rolls. Yet another approach that can be fun and educational for the family is seeding fast-growing root vegetables, like radishes, in a Root View.

Root Views are small growing containers with clear viewing panels, which allow small scientists to track the growth of their plants. After all, a good scientist is a good observer! Radishes sprout well and grow fast so your family can watch as the roots develop and the leaves grow. This could be an opportunity to make growth guesses, measure the leaves, and take a closer look at the root system!

Salad radishes can be round or cylindrical and come in many different colors including red, pink, purple and white. Radishes prefer loose, moist soil and cooler temperatures but they do like the sun. Keeping them in a sunny windowsill and watered regularly should do the trick. Radishes should be harvested when they are the size of a large grape. Root Views can be found at Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Radish SpreadRadish Cream Cheese Spread

1 bunch of radishes, rinsed and chopped
8-oz package of low-fat cream cheese
1/4 c plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves, minced)
1/2-1 tsp salt
2-3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

Use a food processor and blend until smooth, serve chilled


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